MEUSAC, the Ministry of Sustainable Development (MESDC) and the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), held an information session on the Waste Framework Directive. This directive sets out the basic concepts and definitions related to waste management, such as definitions of waste, recycling, recovery. It explains when waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material, and how to distinguish between waste and by-products.
The information session focused on amendments made to the Waste Framework Directive as a result of the Circular Economy Package, which was adopted on December 2, 2015. Amendments include new definitions to municipal waste, Bio-Waste, and food waste, as well as new minimum requirements for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes. The amendments also include the need for Member States to encourage and promote various waste prevention measures.
The amendments to the Waste Framework Directive are part of a larger package of Waste Legislation, which also includes the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, as well as the Landfill Directive.
Consultation sessions are expected to be held in 2019 on the transposition of these directives into Maltese legislation.